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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1993 Week 08 Hansard (Tuesday, 17 August 1993) . . Page.. 2347 ..


MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING

LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY QUESTION

QUESTION NO 736

Teachers - Enterprise Agreement

MR CORNWELL - asked the Minister for Education and Training on notice on 15 June 1993:

(1) Can the Minister provide details of the enterprise agreement entered into by the Government with the Australian Teachers Union (ACT Branch) in January 1993.

(2) Will the agreement affect the level of financial redundancy payments to ACT Government school teachers and; if so, what would be the percentage change in such a payment between 1992 and 1993.

MR WOOD - the answer to Mr Cornwell s question is:

1) The enterprise agreement between the ACT Government and Australian Teachers Union (ACT Branch) mirrors that of the is sector and ensures that an integrated public service is ained.

It is a closed agreement which will operate for two years and covers teachers employed in ACT Government schools and the Canberra Institute of Technology.

The objectives of the agreement are to:

improve productivity and efficiency in the ACTTS; maintain the essential features of a single ACT Teaching Service with scope for local adaptation of pay and classification structures and for more flexible employment conditions where this is consistent with the continuation of an integrated, merit based career service conducive to staff mobility; facilitate greater decentralisation and flexibility through local productivity based agreements; promote better jobs and secure employment; develop and pursue changes on a co-operative continuing basis by using a consultative approach; maintain essential standards of employment conditions such as hours of work, public holidays, recreation, sick and long service leave, parental leave and redeployment and redundancy arrangements; ensure that the gains from improved productivity and changes in the workplace culture are shared by staff, agencies and their clients and the Government on the tax-payers behalf; and

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